In the Guardian books blog, Tim Martin ponders the meaning of a Newbery win and writes:
In the end he asks:So although it'd be foolish to claim that literary prizes have ever served as much of a guide to anything, here's today's question: how close can we get to a canon in children's literature?
The Newbery Medal used to be quite a decent talent-spotter: in the 70s it awarded top honours to Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia, Susan Cooper's The Grey King (not as good as The Dark is Rising, I reckon, but there you are), Robert C. O'Brien's Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh and Lloyd Alexander's excellent The High King. All of these authors would appear on my list of the best children's writers: all are still being read and enjoyed three decades later.
Should the term "children's literature" even exist at all? Over to you. The canon starts here.Canon indeed. Read the entire article, entitled Hurrah for Children's Literature, then come back and let me know what you think.